Who is your target market for your food business?

Uncategorized Aug 17, 2023


Understanding your target market is essential for the success of your food business. By identifying and learning about your target market, you can tailor your product, create an effective marketing strategy, and attract potential customers. Take the time to research and analyze your target market's preferences, behaviors, and needs before you launch if you want to save yourself a lot of time and money down the road. Already launched and wondering why you're struggling to sell your product or have content that converts? It might just be that your target audience needs adjusting. With the right target market you can build the right marketing approach, so you can sell effectively and maximize your business's growth and profitability. So let's dive into identifying and satisfying the target marketing for your packaged food business. 

Why is understanding your target market important for your packaged food business?

Identifying your target market

Identifying your target market is the first step in creating a successful food business. This involves determining the specific group of people who are most likely to purchase your product and most importantly, making sure there is a large enough market for you to make the money you want to make with your business. As you'll learn about, if we try and target too wide of an audience, no one will connect with your food brand. If you have too narrow of a market or an underdeveloped market, there might not be enough people to serve to make this a viable business. Understanding these factors as soon as possible will save you time and money in your business. 

Learning about your target market

Once you have identified your target market, it's important to learn as much as possible about them. This includes understanding their preferences, behaviors, and purchasing patterns.  Get curious! The more you know exactly what they want and don't want the easier it is for you to have people say "OMG, this product is exactly what I've been looking for" 

Understanding your target market's preferences

Understanding your target market's preferences will help you design a product and develop a marketing strategy that align with their needs and wants. This will increase the likelihood of attracting and retaining customers. Make sure to evaluate your audience's preferences not just as it relates to the food industry but in their life as a whole. While your food business is your main focus, it's only a small part of your audience's daily life. The more you understand about their entire life, the higher chances of your success.

How to identify your target market for your food business

Step 1: Define your product

Before identifying your target market, you need to have a clear understanding of your food product. Consider the type of food you offer, its unique selling points, and any specific characteristics that set it apart from competitors. If you're just starting out, you might just have an idea for this and then I'd encourage you to be open to letting the data help guide you in exactly who your target market should be and how to effectively bring your business and brand to life to meet your target audience's needs. 

Step 2: Conduct market research

Market research involves gathering information about the three crucial C's; your customers, competitors, and category.  This can be done through surveys, interviews, and analyzing existing data available. You want to look at what's happening in the industry and how this will impact the success of your business. This is one of the very first steps we take in the Food Brands That Sell program to make sure that you're launching and growing a successful food business that drives sales and makes you money. 

Step 3: Analyze customer demographics and psychographics

Customer demographics include factors such as age, gender, income and location. The psychographics include who they are as an individual. What their lifestyle is, their beliefs and why and how they operate. Your psychographics are far more important than your demographics when it comes to understanding your target audience. A 42 year old man can come in many different shapes, sizes and hold many different beliefs and lifestyle patterns. Instead, by focusing on anyone who values health and wellness and biohacking their way to health, I can more easily connect with anyone who connects with that. Some might be 42 year old males, some might be 26 year old females or 67 year old men and women. Who someone is and how they live their life is more important than where they're from, their income or age (isn't this true in life and in business ;)) .  Analyzing these factors will help you identify the specific group of people who are most likely to be interested in and purchase your packaged food or beverage product.

How to create a marketing strategy for your food business using your target audience 

Identify your target market's needs

Understanding your target market's needs is critical in developing a marketing strategy that effectively communicates the value and benefits of your food product. This will help attract and retain customers. If you don't look like a brand your audience would want to pick up, they'll walk right past you. If you aren't marketing where your audience hangs out, they'll never see you. And if you aren't using the messaging that connects with your target audience, they'll never hear you. 

Design a marketing plan

Create a well-defined marketing plan that outlines the specific tactics and channels you will use to reach your target market. This can include online advertising, social media marketing, and traditional advertising methods. I like to look at this in terms of how will you connect with people before they get to the store (online or in real life), what will convince them to buy your product at the point of purchase and then what will you do from a marketing perspective to build a lasting and valuable relationship with this audience. 

Create an effective marketing budget

Allocate your marketing budget to focus on strategies and channels that are most likely to reach and engage your target market. This will maximize the impact of your marketing efforts and allow your money to go further. When you know your target audience, allocating your marketing budget becomes easier. No matter how big your budget is, you want to always make sure you are doing as much as you can to get discovered by your audience. We've helped food brands launch with only a few thousand dollars and others with hundred of thousands of dollars. If you can see the market opportunity, get started with the marketing budget you can afford and the marketing tactics that will quickly generate you more money so you can continue to invest in marketing. 

How to tailor your food product to your target market

Understand your target market's buying behavior

Understanding your target market's buying behavior will help you align your food product with their preferences. Consider factors such as price sensitivity, convenience, and health consciousness. If your audience is a new mom, consider that she might be looking for the organic and GMO free symbols on your product. Also recognize that if you have a super indulgent product, health claims might not be as important to your audience as they aren't thinking about their health as they devour the deliciousness you've created. 

Focus on packaging and branding

The packaging and branding of your food product play a crucial role in attracting and enticing your target market. Design packaging that stands out and communicates the key benefits of your product. Again, if your brand doesn't connect with your audience they won't even notice it. Even if they'd love your product, if your brand and package doesn't look like it belongs in their home already, they will walk or scroll right by it. In the packaged food industry, your package is your sales person, so make sure it stands out so you can sell more! At the Healthy Food & Beverage Group we help food brands build irresistible food brands that don't just look great, they help your product sell from store shelves. If you don't feel absolutely confident about your packaging and branding or are just starting out and know this is something you can't afford to mess up on, book a call here and let's chat about designing your irresistible food brand. 

How to sell effectively to your target market

Know the best way to reach your target market

Research the most effective channels and platforms to reach your target market. This could include online advertising, social media marketing, direct mail, or partnerships with local businesses. But it's not just about marketing! It's about where are you physically sold too. Your product will sell faster when you're in the right locations where your audience is. This is why it's so important to know your audience- so you can sell to them where they are already shopping and looking for products. Be selective with the stores you sell in when you're starting out. You want to reach as many people as possible who will say "OMG this product is perfect for me!" And while yes a lot of people go through Walmart, if that's not where your audience shops, it's not a place you want to be listed at. 

Communicate the benefits of your product

Clearly communicate the unique selling points and benefits of your food product to your target market. Use persuasive language and visuals that resonate with their preferences and needs. If your audience cares about how your functional chocolate bar will give them brain clarity, speak to that. If they don't care about brain clarity, but instead care about it boosting their metabolism, then that's what you speak about. Remember not to simply talk about your features, you want to sell what those features does for your audience. In other words, why should they care. 

How to attract potential customers for your food business

Create a standout product

Create a food product that stands out from competitors in terms of taste, quality, and innovation. This will attract potential customers who are looking for unique and exciting food experiences. And remember, you want this to be specific to your audience. If your aunt Gladys loves your product but isn't your target audience but thinks you should add a bit more salt to the recipe or change something on the label, that's great, but it actually isn't important to you. Focus only on what your target audience thinks about your product and what they want from it. (Sorry aunt Gladys) 

Market in the right locations

Identify the locations where your target market is most likely to be present and actively market your food business in those areas. This could include setting up stalls at local markets, being in lifestyle stores, selling in only a specific region of town or partnering with popular cafes and restaurants. Be selective and you'll see your sales velocity increase. 

Use word-of-mouth marketing

Satisfied customers can become your best brand advocates. Encourage them to share their positive experiences with others and offer incentives for referrals to attract potential customers. When you have the right target audience, they will help you attract more of your target audience. 

Learn more about your target audience and sell more of your food product

Understanding your target market is essential for the success of your food business. By identifying and learning about your target market, you can tailor your product, create an effective marketing strategy, and attract potential customers. Take the time to research and analyze your target market's preferences, behaviors, and needs. With the right marketing approach, you can sell effectively and maximize your business's growth and profitability. At the Healthy Food & Beverage Group we help you identify your target audience and build your entire brand and business to meet their needs so you can stand out, sell more and turn those customers into advocates. 

If you're ready to build your irresistible food brand, book a call here to see how we can help you make your mark on the packaged food industry. 



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